Five Star 2002
Reviewed: Hardback, First Edition
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Notes: Reviewer Carolyn Howard-Johnson, the author of "This
is the Place" and "Harkening: A Collection
of Stories Remembered"
A Love Conquers All Story
An Honest, Funny Look at Romance
Lori Soard sets the pace for Housebreaking a Husband with
a humorous, romantic and action-packed beginning.
young woman with a scarred past meets a man with heavenly green
eyes on the beach behind her home-or rather she entangles that man
with a dog, leash, the arms and legs of children and some of her
own body parts.
out this man with whom Sarah has become entwined--one beautiful
hunk--has some scars of his own. He is about to lose custody of
two beautiful twins and, excepting for the deep love he feels for
them, is determined to be emotionally unavailable to all others.
In spite of a couple of very minor motivational glitches-like the
fact that Sarah trains dogs for a living and appears to have only
two furry clients but still manages to live in a home on the beach
with no other visible means of support--this book is remarkably
well-written. The romance is titillating but is also so free from
explicit sex that it would be suitable for most 14 year olds. Like
most families, Sarah's is slightly dysfunctional and quirky and
absolutely lovable. It appears that Soard is incapable of formulating
a cookie-cutter character. They all have a reality quotient of 10.
is a story about how love can be corrupted by a lack of communication
and by unaddressed fears. There is much more to it than a quick,